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Looking beautiful is hard work. Queen Elizabeth I knows this well. Just think she used so many cosmetics and makeup containing toxic materials, especially lead-based face powder, that she even died from them. Today fortunately, you no longer need lead to make face powder. Simply mix pigments, fillers, dry and wet binders, and compress the mixture using a powder compacting press. Then the face powder is ready to be applied using a powder puff.

Which face powder equipment do you need?

Manual cosmetic powder press

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Makeup blusher compacting machine

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Cosmetic powder pressing machine

For the medium and large-scale production of compressed powder cosmetics, a fully-automatic...

High-shear impact mixer

When you need to mix cohesive powders with liquids or melt binders and require a homogenous end-produ...

Laboratory high shear impact mixer

A Laboratory high shear impact mixer can be used to simulate different processes; from s...

Miniature scale high-shear mixer

When you have a very limited amount of powder available, you can still test your processes ...

Portable IBC washer

The thorough cleaning of bulk containers and other storage and processing...

IBC bin washer and dryer

Many pharmaceutical processes use IBCs of multiple sizes throughout ...

GMP chamber washer

The thorough cleaning of small product contact parts has always been chall...

GMP washer

In order to guarantee zero cross-contamination between production batches, the prop...

Compact powder pressing machine

Pressed powder products are extremely popular in cosmetics, but their production has challen...

Blending tank for cosmetic powders

The production of high-quality cosmetics powders requires perfect mixing and dispersal o...

Drop tester for compacted powders

A key requirement for cosmetic compressed powder products is that they maintain their com...

Vibrating screen for cosmetic powders

Dense or viscous compounds can be difficult to prepare for use in cosmetic products. ...

Powder pressing mould

Traditional powder pressing moulds are based on plain shapes or basic designs. In order to differentiat...

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Face powder formulation – breaking it down to its ingredients

Face powder, like most makeup products, are used to mask minor imperfections visible on your skin (as Queen Elisabeth I did for smallpox scars – don’t follow her example) and to make the face skin glow. For the powder to do its job, it must have four properties: covering power, absorption, adhesiveness, and slip. Covering power can cover imperfections or blemishes and natural oil from the face. The amount of coverage needed varies from woman to woman; that’s why face powders are produced in different grades (light, medium, and heavy). Common ingredients used for it are zinc oxide, kaolin and magnesium oxide, but titanium dioxide is considered to have the best covering power.

Absorption property refers to the capacity of the powder to absorb sweat and oil. Kaolin, magnesium carbonate, starch, and calcium carbonate are used for this property. Adhesiveness is about how well the powder sticks to the skin. Magnesium, zinc or aluminum stearates are commonly used to keep the powder in place. Slip is a property that enables a powder to be easily applied to the skin. Talc or magnesium silicate has excellent slip properties.

Loose powders or pressed powders?

First things first. Let’s talk about the main difference in the formula. Pressed face powders contain more binders than loose powders to hold the formula together in the compact. This also means that pressed powders adhere better to the skin so you can have better durability. During the process, though, pay attention to balancing the amount of binders you use to avoid glazing in your product or flaking out of the product.


These problems can also recur if you don’t balance the amount of oil you use. The oil must also be mixed evenly using a ribbon blender; if you don’t mix it homogeneously, there is also a risk of having oily clumps in the final pressed powder.

The particles in pressed powders are larger than the ones in loose powders. With small particles, loose powders have a fine texture and can be made in translucent or colored form. Loose powders are usually packed in jars.

Powder compacting press for a compact packaging

Formula is not the only thing that matters when making pressed face powder. The pressure you use to press is also significant and needs to match with the size of the godet you are pressing into. The face powder is compressed by a powder compacting press and when the process is done right, it gives a durable compaction quality.


If formula and pressure don’t match the godet’s size, the product won’t fit properly into the godet or will come out during application. A drop test can be performed using a drop tester to check the compaction’s quality and make sure that the contents do not easily break during the transportation of the product.

Processing steps involved in face-powder making

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